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Friday, 12 April 2019

Long Beach

We checked on the Long Beach welcome sign, where the vole damage does not seem to have increased at all, thank goodness.

I did not examine the tulips closely.  Ignorance is bliss.

We deadheaded two blocks worth of planters downtown.

I don’t think I have grown Tulip ‘Suncatcher’ before.

Suncatcher…very showy.

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The tulips and the tulip foliage look great despite all the rain.

in front of Stormin’ Norman’s

We then took last time’s debris to city works and picked up a buckets-load of Soil Energy mulch.

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And then, out to the beach approach to see how far we could get with the mulch on the sections we had already weeded.

We barely had enough for the first (westernmost) long section, the longest of all of them.  Then, on to weeding, hoping to get at least one half section done.

a thorny job

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo (telephoto; we were far from that close to the background hotel)

This week is spring break so the town is full of happy tourists.

Rain came, steaming on the road.

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Allan’s photo

We only got one half section done…

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…and we still have this far to go.

Vehicle above is on the wrong side of the road to politely avoid us, unlike many who cut it very fine as they pass us, despite our traffic cones and Allan’s safety vest.

We dumped today’s debris and finished deadheading the other four blocks of downtown planters.

Tulip ‘Akebono’ is one of my favourites.

I love Akebono’s green sepals and delicate, thin red edge (which does not seem as visible on these).

Allan’s camera picked up the red edge, on the yellow, behind the red tulip.

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Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Tulip ‘Green Star’ (Allan’s photo)

Tulip ‘Green Star’ (Allan’s photo)

I am partial to all the viridiflora tulips.

‘Akebono’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

😦 Allan’s photo

more Green Star (Allan’s photo)

I’m thrilled to see buds on my asphodeline.

I was not thrilled to find evidence of finger blight by Fifth Street Park.

Some flowers were just picked and dropped; perhaps someone yelled at the thief?

broken, not clipped with secateurs

And some were downright taken.  There should be five or six orange tulips in each of these clumps.

The ones across the street were as they should be.

The weather had become pleasant again after the rain and wind that drove us off the beach approach, and so we did a big tidy up of the northwest quadrant of Fifth Street Park.

our audience (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

There was way too much Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, hesperantha, and the ever maddening horsetail (the little scrimmy one) and some kind of belligerently spreading skinny allium.

after (Allan’s photo)

after

I might use some kind of annual along the front, so that it can be cleaned more easily of weeds in the autumn and winter.

Unfortunately, we had much more to do so no time to have a late lunch at Captain Bob’s Chowder.

camassia in the southwest quadrant

We deadheaded the last two blocks….

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

…and the Sid Snyder beach approach planters, where we saw two darling dogs…

…and a remarkably cute goat.

We deadheaded at the Kite Museum and almost got stuck dumping our debris at City Works.

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Shelburne Hotel

While Allan did our grocery shopping across the street, I deadheaded at the Shelburne and noted an influx of weeds, mostly sorrel and creeping buttercup, that must be dealt with by next weekend.  I resolved that the next nice day would be partly spent there.

hmmmmm….what happened here?

I put down Sluggo all along the fence where I had planted sweet peas.  I could see a few of them, tiny and threadlike, emerging.

looking north

looking south

Looking south from the north end….In the distance, walking away, is Seaview Sara’s spouse and their dog, Jet; I had finally met the lovely dog for the first time.

Tulip ‘Akebono’ again

only one tiny hint of the red edge

Tulip ‘Spring Green’

Tulip ‘Queensland’

Tulip sylvestris

I had finally learned, from Monty Don on Gardeners’ World, that T. sylvestris is fragrant.  I rarely think to smell a tulip.  I did, and it has a beautiful scent.

not sure which one this is!

The work board has gotten ever so slightly shorter.

 

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017, part one

Even though more unfortunate rain had arrived, it was not such a cold and windy rain, so we decided that we could polish off two jobs and two errands and make a pilgrimage to a favourite local garden (which deserves a post of its own, tomorrow).

The Anchorage Cottages

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not an ideal work day


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Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

I had brought four Nicotiana langsdorfii to plant.

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lots of narcissi deadheads  (Allan’s photo)


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sword fern unfurling (Allan’s photo)


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so much scilla in the center courtyard (was there when we first started this job years ago)


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center courtyard


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species tulips

Some of the larger tulips in the office courtyard had just gone all moldy from rain, leaving some pots empty till annuals planting time…which is fortunately coming up soon.

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just sad

I was going to put the little pot into the big pot, above, for some interest, but the sides of the little pot were also sadly moldy.  (Manager Beth said she will clean it and do the tiered pot arrangement.)

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My favourite Tulip ‘Green Wave’ still looked good.


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Spring bulb window boxes will be switched out for summer ones soon.

The Planter Box

We made a brief stop to buy some fertilizer and check on our cosmos seedlings.  I did not actually walk back to look at them, just got a good report from Teresa.

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potted narcissi for sale


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Soon we will be shopping in the big greenhouse.  Mother’s Day is my target date to start planting annuals.


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Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Even though the rain and wind were increasing, we knew KBC would be more sheltered from wind and figured we could stand an hour of weeding and deadheading, and we did.

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Clematis in bloom


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clematis and evergreen huckleberry (Allan’s photo)


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ajuga at its best (Allan’s photo)


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Pieris


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Euphorbia characias wulfenii (deer proof, outside the fence


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driveway garden


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in the fenced garden


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fringed tulips (Allan’s photo)

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narcissus


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lilies and Thalictrum ‘Elin’


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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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Tulips ‘Green Wave’ and ‘Flaming Spring Green’


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tree peony buds


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more tulips

Mary had placed out some new dianthus to plant.  Allan planted them.

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Now we have more chives to plant in the port gardens!

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Mary and me

We visited the rain drenched garden in Oysterville (next post) and checked on the way home if some interesting new shrubs had arrived at

The Basket Case….

where we learned that said shrubs were being fetched today.

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at The Basket Case


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tomato in a bag


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Basket Case doggie

We were cold and wet and yet very pleased to have the Anchorage and KBC done for this week.  Now we can focus completely on parade garden prep during the next three days that are supposed to deliver nicer weather.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

I had some small work tasks to complete, after which I figured we would make it out to the beach approach to get at least half a garden section weeded and clipped.

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My own garden looked enticing…

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…as did Smokey,

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Frosty,

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Skooter,

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and neighbour cat Onyx.

But work we must.

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work board this morning

Port of Ilwaco

A bit late, I transplanted some chives and elephant garlic to the Freedom Market garden.

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transplanted these Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts to a less walkedupon spot!

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Making the store’s garden as pretty as this, the curbside garden, is my goal…except for the walking upon is a problem.  So, making parts of it pretty is my goal.

Long Beach

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deadheaded the welcome sign, front…

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and back

We decided we had better dig out the ivy in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter next, in case we punctured the sprinkler system.  Best to not do that, but if it happened, best to do it when the city crew is available rather than after hours.

While Allan did the digging, I planted some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in nearby planters.

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the shrubbiest planter’s one week of glory

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so called “blue” tulips for the police station

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street tree (Allan’s photo)

Folks were gathering in Veterans Field, half a block away, for a “Walk for Veterans”.

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The walk begins (Allan’s photo)

The planter in question (Allan’s photos), before:

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variegated ivy

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That was not easy.

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a lot of ivy to dump at city works

When we arrived at city works, we learned that the planter at the south end of town was ready to plant.  I’d noticed the same planter as before, still roughly mortared, but now full of soil again.  The crew had met with the frustration of the one replacement planter breaking when they tried to move it…so now they will be doing their best to re-mortar the old one and make it look good.  Therefore, it was time for us to plant it.  This changed our day by giving us a more pleasant project than weeding the beach approach.

We rescued the little roses that I had heeled into the mulch pile and that had gotten covered with a new load of mulch!

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found it!

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battered but alive; good thing I knew sort of where to dig.

I also gathered some little shrubs, left over from volunteer planter days, that I would put elsewhere rather than back into the planter.

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ready to plant a few things

Last fall, a vehicle drove into this planter and cracked it, and moved it enough to crush the plumbing system (now fixed).

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roses and Rozannes in

It makes me nervous to plant all fresh plants for fear someone will steal them.

Next…something that we had to do today…

The Red Barn’s…

…little garden needed deadheading and weeding.

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The Red Barn has crabbing as well as horses.

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crab pots

While I was weeding, one of the dogs came by…

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and snubbed me!

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all pretty well weeded

Diane’s garden

Next door, we deadheaded and weeded at Diane and Larry’s place.

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narcissi deadheads (Allan’s photo)

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new planters to drill holes in (next time)

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planter assortment

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I love fringed tulips!

In the past, fringed tulips’ edges have browned off in the rain.  This year, we got massive record breaking amounts of rain and yet the fringes look great!

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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Diane likes pastels, and purples and whites, not yellows and reds and oranges.

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

Basket Case Greenhouse

We drove a mile or so up Sandridge Road to get some plants for the almost empty Long Beach planter.

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pelican for sale

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Darrell, Roxanne, and me talking plants

Long Beach

Now we were able to make more of a planter impact, leaving room for annuals when the weather is a bit warmer.

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Allan’s photos

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At City Hall, we planted a couple of shrubs from the planter’s former array.

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This variegated boxwood from a planter a few years back…

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is now somewhat balanced by a variegated euonymous.

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driving home, 6 PM

It had gotten HOT today, and for once I had been grateful for a cool wind.

We just barely had time to go home, unhook the trailer, unload some plants, load a couple agastaches, drive back to Long Beach, plant the agastaches in the planter, and be ten minutes late for dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) at

The Cove Restaurant

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petting Lacy on the way in

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Cove entry garden

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arriving late

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refreshing dinner salad

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Sondra’s lasagne for me and Dave

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lemony prawns scampi for Melissa

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Reuben with waffle fries for Allan

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a dessert for four of us to share

The four of us solved some of the world’s problems (we wish); tomorrow Allan and I will try to solve more at an Earth and Science Day demonstration.

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ivy job erased!

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

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My Tulip ‘Leo’ at home.

It took me awhile at work to realize I had a big spot on my camera lens.

Red Barn Arena

Allan did a project with some edging blocks provided by Amy.

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before

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Using a curved beam for a straight edge

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Allan’s photo as he gathered tools to fill in a depression

I borrowed this wheelbarrow from the barn to wheel some soil from one area to another and fell in love with the handles.  There is none of that letting go and moving of one’s hands to a different position when dumping; one’s hands just slide around the loop.

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These work great!! Must find!

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almost done (Allan’s photo)

Diane’s garden

While Allan worked, and when I ran out of weeds and deadheading and deadleafing of bulbs, I went next door to work on Diane and Larry’s garden.

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My good friend Misty (camera shy)

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Misty under the back porch

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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lovely small cupped narcissi

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Stipa gigantea

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I do believe the stipa is blooming extra early this year.

Red Barn

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all done

Basket Case Greenhouse

Up Sandridge Road at the Basket Case, we got some plants for the next project.

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Me and Basket Case Nancy

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our good friend Shadow

Anchorage Cottages

Next project of the day: to plant up the new summer window boxes that Beth had built.  The window boxes with the early spring display of bulbs will be stashed behind the office for the summer and then put back out in winter.

Much to my delight, Beth has made two new sets of boxes, so that we don’t have to use the little plastic liners anymore.  They were too small.

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bulbs are going away

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The brackets will be replaced tomorrow.

The project was unexpectedly complicated by two things:  The brackets are going to be redone (as they are pretty awful), so we could not set the new boxes in place, and the other set of two window boxes still had tulips blooming, so we left for the weekend guests to enjoy.

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new boxes (Allan’s photo)

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We also redid two old terracotta planters into new green lightweight ones.  Our good friend Mitzu supervised.

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the variegated vinca had gone down through the planter hole and INTO the pavers.

I have totally gone off planting variegated vinca anywhere due its rampant behavior!

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after

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after

I salvaged the excellent Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ for the center, and used the violas and orange diascia which had been intended for the second set of windowboxes…and was very glad it worked out that way or I’d have been short of plants.  We left two newly planted window boxes in tones of blue flowers (to go with the blue sign) sitting on the patio to be installed when the new brackets are up.  I got to take home the old terracotta pots (with the tops falling apart, but still a good three fourths of the pot useable) to live out their last years in my garden.

Long Beach

Long Beach city hall and some planter deadheading and deadleafing finished out our work day.

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city hall, west side (Allan’s photo), Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and Tulip ‘Greenland’

The planters are in that awkward stage when there is lots of ugly dying bulb foliage and yet it is too early to plant most annuals.

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Tulip ‘Green Wave’ in a planter

Our friend Wendy walked by and told us she had found a little fairy door on one of the Bolstad approach planters.  We went to check it out.

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Allan’s photo

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someone’s brilliant gift to a planter! (Allan’s photo)

Allan realized later that the “flower pot” is a piece of broken beer bottle and pronounced it genius.

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beach lupine (Allan’s photo)

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an allium (?) emerging (Allan’s photo)

The Depot Restaurant

Because Allan had a social engagement on Thursday, we had our weekly dinner with Dave and Melissa tonight at burger night at the Depot Restaurant.  The day of projects had taken its toll on our energy, and the conversation kept us entertained and so distracted that neither Allan or I thought to take a photo of the tasty occasion.

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from the Depot website

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

April 20:  11:30-5:00!  warm  I finished planting all the berries.  After I put stuff away I found another flat of plants.  I added them to the last row.  I have worked 17 hours planting 11 wide rows of plants.  I replanted the onion plants that I dug out so that Ron could till that area.  After all the above I washed more than 30 trays.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Much as I wanted another day off to keep weeding at home, we needed to work or we’d fall behind…especially since I had garden touring plans for Thursday.

Mike’s garden

We began our work day pulling little weeds and deadheading narcissi and tulips at Mayor Mike’s garden.

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Mike’s ornamental cherry in bloom

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me and Mike admiring

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Pieris and flowering cherry (Allan’s photo)

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Tulips ‘Green Star’, ‘Greenland’, and ‘Virichic’

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Tulip ‘Green Wave’

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Tulip ‘Green Wave’ is my favourite tulip of all.

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

Just as I pruned back the hardy fuchsia so that the parrot tulips and the Scrophularia variegata would show, my lower back went SPROING.  Usually I can count on my back being strong.  The spasming out of alignment led to some unpleasant moments over the next two days.  However, work must go on and it’s not as bad as the slipped discs and other back ills that some friends have had.

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

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I suppose we should prune the boxwoods.  I wish they would grow enough to blend together.

Ilwaco

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our volunteer garden at the post office

We did some post office weeding and I heard that there is a new postmaster.  I hope he like an exuberant flower garden and does not prefer lawn or one rhododendron.  I experienced some anxiety as I weeded, bending over very carefully because of the back wonkiness.

Next, Allan completely re-did an overgrown Ilwaco planter, for which no one thought to take a before photo.  It had lots of narcissi, and two valerian and three geums (I have no idea who planted them as was certainly not me).

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during (Allan’s photo)

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after (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo: Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ ringed with golden oregano, golden thyme, variegated oregano, Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’, and a little dusky sedum,

We planted a few more plants in the Ilwaco planters and checked to make sure the new plants from last week were damp enough.

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adding some diascias (Allan’s photo)

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a stray viola got a little drink of water (Allan’s photo)

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This one had ALREADY had a brand new lemon thyme stolen out of it.

If someone steals today’s ‘Blackthorn Apricot’ diascias, I am going to be very very very sad.  Maybe these thieves think I have an endless supply of replacement plants.  In fact, I don’t even have access to more choice lemon thymes OR Blackthorn Apricots and I CANNOT REPLACE THEM.  This is not a big city with an endless supply of good nursery plants.

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The fire station garden continues to cry out to me for help.

We stopped off at home for a few more plants.

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Tulips ‘Flaming Spring Green’and ‘Spring Green’ at home

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Tulip ‘Leo’

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Ribes speciosum has been blooming for weeks.

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Davidia ‘Sonoma’ flowers

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Davidia ‘Sonoma’

Ilwaco Boatyard garden

While Allan pulled grass and horsetail from the boatyard garden, I replanted lots of narcissi that we had removed from the overcrowded Ilwaco planters, along with the valerian and geums from today’s planter project, and then helped finish the weeding.  It was not a perfect weeding job; that will wait till just before the annual children’s parade (April 30th this year).  I try to balance perfection with not overdoing our clients’ landscape maintenance budgets, so today’s job was to just keep the garden from looking like the horsetail was winning.

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Allan’s photo, before, north end boatyard garden (looking south)

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the horsetail, huge and fierce (Allan’s photo)

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horsetail (Allan’s photo); the curse of this garden

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after (Allan’s photo)

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Allan hung some new signs

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chatting with Port Office Nancy

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meanwhile, in the boatyard (Allan’s photo)

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south end of boatyard garden

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poppies

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Allan’s photo

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sparaxis (Allan’s photo)

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Stipa gigantea flowers

We finished by deadheading narcissi along Howerton Avenue.

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by the Ilwaco Pavilion

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love Helianthemum, wish they bloomed longer.

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Allan’s photo: California poppies

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transplanting an old, tired Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in hopes of a bit more bloom from it.

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I got to pet this nice dog named ‘Fahrv’ as in “Farvenugen: It’s what makes a car a Volkswagen.” Allan thinks it named itself.

Blissfully for me, the hot weather was about to end with a cooling fog hanging over the Columbia River.

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east of the marina

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welcome grayness

(For those who enjoy the excerpts from my mother’s old garden diaries: There was no entry corresponding with today’s date.)

 

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

We’ve been so focused on Long Beach that we had not done our north end jobs lately.

Red Barn Arena

I remembered that we had some edging blocks to install at the Red Barn.  When we got there, the edge had not been cleared yet (by Amy and her trusty tractor) so we will do the edging later.  We also found that the backside of the garden had been hit with roundup, always a risk when spraying grass next to a garden.

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zone of death: Round Up drift had killed the California poppies at the back…

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and caused yellowing foliage on the Helianthus

I got a promise that from now on, we will run our own string trimmer back there and that Round Up will not be applied again.

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Allan string trimming along the front

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an attractive new bench

Diane’s garden

Next door, we weeded at deadheaded at Diane and Larry’s.

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the roadside garden

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one narcissus

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the back patio planters

A heavy rain began while we were weeding along the road and got us both uncomfortably drenched and chilled.  Fortunately, I had a dry sweatshirt and jacket to change into. Allan’s jacket had kept him drier.

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brrrrr

Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case was a good place to warm up a bit.  We have begun planting some perennials, and needed more ingredients.  We are holding off on planting annuals till around Mother’s Day.

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the annuals greenhouse

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I got myself an Orange Rocket barberry and a Cardinal red twig dogwood.

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and the orange picotee Lewisia for my scree garden.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I was ever so pleased to see the bright show of tulips in the Golden Sands courtyard garden.

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with blue camassia

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view from one of the red chairs

I asked Allan to apply the Sluggo to each quadrant while I sat because my knee was acting up.

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The bird bath and plaque are from my mom’s old garden.

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Tulip viridiflora (green tulips), always my favourites.  ‘Green Wave’ is on the right.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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dog daises already (Allan’s photo)

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Pacific tree frog on moss and beach strawberries (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

While weeding, Allan commented that this little wild euphorbia reminds him of Shrek.

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a spurge, one of the cuter weeds (Allan’s photo)

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It reminds Allan of Shrek’s ears.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After considerable weeding and narcissi deadheading, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page of the garden looking very fine.

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from south gate

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tulips and overwintered Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

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multiflowering Tulip ‘Antoinette’

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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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This tulip has come back year after year.

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a real do-er

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fringed tulip, rose, elephant garlic

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from northeast gate

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii

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Pieris and clematis

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narcissi and pieris

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the pond island bed

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unfurling ferns

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pond island bed

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sword ferns

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The podophyllum was blooming.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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beautiful Bella (Allan’s photo)

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inside the fenced garden, ocean view cottages on the ridge

Allan climbed over the pond to trim the last of the sword ferns:

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before

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after

 

Marilyn’s Garden

We had just an hour and a half to go north to Marilyn’s garden before our dinner.

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view from back porch; garage next door will disappear soonish behind foliage

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looking north

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from the road

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looking south

The Cove Restaurant

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flowers in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

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and on the table (Allan’s photo)

We had, as always, been looking forward to the weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

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Todd brought flowers….

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Allan’s photo

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and a podophyllum for Melissa and Dave.

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Allan’s photo.  I was honestly not complaining about a thing as it had been a very good day.

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delicious ahi tuna

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strawberry salad (Allan’s photo)

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lava cake with fresh pears

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lemon bar (Allan’s photo)

Except for one little rain squall and a bit of the old knee playing up, it had been a perfect day.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 15: Went through Floralight [three tiered light table] to try to find room for tomatoes.  Moved 8 or 10 trailing violets into terracotta planter and put it on top.  Planted Gloxinia bulbs into pots as houseplants.

1998 (age 73):

April 15:  Sunny, warm . I decided I  had to get the strawberries planted if I hope to have some in June.  I worked from noon to 4:00 to plant 3 rows using 6 or 7 trays of plants—and I have 29 trays of plants!  The soil is loose from the tilling so it’s easy to plant them.  I’m planting the rows close together because I have so many plants.

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Monday, 11 April 2016

Long Beach

On the way north to work in Long Beach, Allan mentioned something that suddenly made me remember my plan to plant poppy seeds in the beach approach garden.  This sidetracked me temporarily from our main project of the day.  While I sorted and planted seeds, I asked Allan to remove from one of the planters two heathers, not, of COURSE, planted by me.  They go back to volunteer days, and one of them had almost completely died.

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Before (Allan’s photo)


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after (Allan’s photo; some half dead rosemary also removed)


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Allan reinstalled some pavers.

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Allan expressed disappointment that the soil, weeded last week, had not dried to look less sandy.  Well, it is sand, much much sand blown in from the beach.

Halfway down the approach, I needed more poppy seeds (Shirley, California, Flanders Field) so we hared over to Dennis Company where I bought some more.

With the next batch planted, we began today’s big project: weeding one of the parking lot beds.  The city crew calls them berms, so I do, too, but unlike real berms, they are not mounded up.  The afternoon weather was perfection: neither hot nor cold and very little wind. 

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the three “berms” east of downtown


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before (Allan’s photo)


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after (Allan’s photo)


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before (Allan’s photo)


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after (Allan’s photo)…except not quite after because we went back for more little grasses.


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before (Allan’s photos)


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and after  (still the damnable quack grass roots)


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1 PM


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a hellish hardpacked “path”


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the worst of all areas of today’s work


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after


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the first trip to the debris pile


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across the street


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a horsetail lawn (Allan’s photo)

Horsetail lurks underneath most of the peninsula, it seems.

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before


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after


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before


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That little tree is a volunteer, in the wrong place but so cute.


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after

We got the north berm done, and since it was only 5:30, we decided to put in some time on the south one.

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before (Allan’s photo)


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a bit of progress by 6:15, ready for another debris dump

I long to get back and finish weeding the south berm; it has some plain old purple bearded iris that are poised to bloom and will look much better if not surrounded by weed grass.  However, the weather looks dire tomorrow with rain and 36 mph wind (and I have another doctor’s appointment, fortunately just a “talking” one, I hope).

A more colourful landscape is all abloom in Veterans Field nearby; Allan took some photos:

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tulips; the red and white one is ‘Estella Rijnveld’


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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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ranunculus

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The City Crew was dismantling the equipment, large frying pan, and tents that had been erected for the Clam Festival, which had been a roaring success.

at home

The evening light on the back garden drew me out for a photo.

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weeds and all

My own garden always goes through a neglected stage at this time of year.  I looked back to the bogsy wood and wondered if part of the salmonberry grove has died from last summer’s drought…

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telephoto, looks ominous on the left side but was too tired to walk back and look more closely.


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the workboard with one berm erased


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But wait, I had to add some stuff.

I am tired of looking at “postcards” (lower right), referring to a future post about old postcards on the Grandma Scrapbooks blog.  I decided to move it to my “at home” workboard which is behind the door of my room.

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at home tasks cry out to me but must wait for awhile longer…

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 70):

April 11: Worked in greenhouse.  Moved fuchsia plants under the 2nd light.  Planted 6 primroses into the new shallow planters.  I want to get some pansy plants to add to it. I put those 2 plants under lights.  Also brought two tomato plants to greenhouse real close to light to see what happens.

1998 (age 73):

April 11:  Ron McCamment tilled the garden area from the raspberries to the asparagus for $50.  While he tilled, I pulled weeds in the driveway.  Later I planted the 12 Purple Wave Petunias into 4 baskets.  I had to quit when it started raining hard around 2:30.  Later the sun came out but I had changed into dry clothes so I didn’t resume my work outside.

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Friday, 8 April 2016

From almost 83 degrees yesterday, our weather plunged to a chilly 50 degrees with a 25 mile an hour icy cold north wind.  I would have welcomed back the heat that I had complained about yesterday, because even with warm clothes and winter scarf, I was chilled to the bone and pushed around by the wind.

Ilwaco

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My favourite tulip, ‘Green Wave’, at the Ilwaco post office

I had remembered to soak some sweet peas and planted them at the Ilwaco post office.  We then deadheaded at the port office because there will be a preview of the Saturday Market tomorrow along Waterfront Way.  The little port office garden needed some mulch, so we zipped home, got some, and drove down Waterfront Way to deliver it (because we are special; only port workers and Saturday market vendors get to drive here).

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Waterfront Way


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port office garden


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mulched


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our view


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got a hug and some dark chocolate kisses from artist Don Nisbett, whose gallery is next door to the port office 

Last night at about 1 AM, I saw this on Facebook:

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one of our planters, GONE

We checked on the location.  It was all cleaned up.  We tracked the pile of soil down at the Ilwaco City Works yard and rescued the valuable soil, two buckets worth, some bulbs, and some bit of the concrete planter for memorial garden edging at home.

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Dag nab hit and run drivers!

One less planter to admire, plant, and water, because the city does not really have the budget to replace it.  The planters cost a couple hundred dollars, I’ve been told.

The Depot Restaurant

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We deadheaded and weeded.


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Tulip ‘Virichic’


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a delicately rimmed narcissi

The Anchorage Cottages

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north wall garden


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Narcissus ‘Thalia’


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We now know these cottages were moved here from Fort Canby after WWII.


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Center courtyard: The annoying wild scilla looks great right now.


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Tulip ‘Strong Gold’ and Hebe ‘Quicksilver’


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Narcissi


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by the office


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foreground: a pot of ‘Green Star’ tulips all broken off but one.  What happened here?


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Tulip ‘Green Wave’ coming on

Long Beach

I had been looking forward to a day of tidying parks and planters.

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By Veterans Field: the big frying pan awaits Saturday’s Clam Festival.  (Allan’s photo)


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We got warm coffee drinks at the Great Escape Drive Through Espresso (Allan’s photo). The barista says sometimes the crosswind will blow coffee right out of her pitcher .

The wind made work kind of miserable.  I left Allan to weed Fifth Street Park and made the rounds of two blocks of planters and street tree gardens.

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golden marjoram and a geranium, by the frozen yogurt shop


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Cerinthe major purpurascens


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note to self: that rhododenron looks sickly (left); must be pruned


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street tree garden


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Carousel, Tulip ‘Strong Gold’, Narcissi ‘Baby Moon’ (blooming three weeks early than it should)


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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’


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Asphodeline ‘Lutea’, how I love thee.


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Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’


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Muscari ‘Plumosum’


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Tulip ‘Rococo’…and some picked tulips.


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Fifth Street Park, still rather drab

With Fifth Street Park done, Allan and I went to look at the north parking lot berm.  I had thought of weeding it today, but we found so many cars parked by it that we couldn’t do it, so we went on to Coulter Park (also on the list for today, as there will be a mermaid event in the building there for this weekend’s clam festival).

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Coulter Park: I left Allan working and went on to check two more blocks of planters.


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Who pruned this tree by Dennis Co?  I want to cut off the ugly stubs.


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Tulip ‘Formosa’..used to bloom in early to mid May.


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another gorgeous Narcissus


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essence of spring


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City Hall


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just stunning how these hosta shoots start out purple

I popped quickly into my favourite shop. NIVA green, for some photos for its Facebook page.

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in NIVA green


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tin lamps by proprietor/artist Heather Ramsay


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green tulips in the planter by NIVA green

As I patrolled the town, I learned from a source (second hand) that the horrid shopkeeper who was so awful a few days ago has been told by the powers that be that the flowers in the planters are NOT to be picked.  Shopkeeper’s response was that s/he pays taxes and so has every right to pick the flowers, and shopkeeper was told that the taxes do NOT work that way.  I am deeply appreciative of the Powers that Be for backing me up in this.

On the way back to Allan, I weeded the circular bed in the front of Coulter Park, and found to my delight that Allan had finished the back of the park.  He thinks, so correctly, that the roses on the weedy salmonberry infested side should be replaced with something non thorny because it is such a bugger to weed around them.  City crew is too busy rebuilding a ball field to bug them about this, but I hope eventually we can get this area cleared and replant it.

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before (Allan’s photo)


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birdsfoot trefoil around the roses (Allan’s photo)


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after (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo


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Coulter Park azalea (Allan’s photo)


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sword fern, before (Allan’s photos)


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and after


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Coulter Park after


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Coulter Park

We ended the workday with a trip to the north parking lot garden, where the project became a quick removal of large blackberries because I could not stand one more minute of cold wind.

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cold wind from near the berm (Allan’s photo)


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TOO COLD to continue; the rest can wait for next week or better weather.

We dumped the debris and bailed out of work.

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Coulter Park: done and erased!  All sweet peas gardens planted.

I will be thrilled if we can get “berms” erased before the board fills up again for annuals planting time (coming in about three weeks).

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 72):

April 8: The GE repairman came and said the dishwasher motor is shot.  I’ll not be in a hurry to buy a new one.  I spent several hours transplanting tomato seedlings into individual pots.  Put the flea stuff on Tabby.

1998 (age 73):

April 8:  11:00-4:45  Ron the tiller man stopped by to see if I can leave the leaves, twigs, etc to be tilled into the soil.  It was too deep so I spent the rest of the afternoon picking all that stuff and piling it on top of the old compost box which means I won’t be able to sieve that soil for baskets, etc.  When I stopped at 4:45 I was so tired I went to bed till 7:00.

 

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

I had the strongest urge to get another beach approach section done.  However, the boatyard garden was the plan for the day and I decided to stick to that.  Both are jobs that are hellish in rain or wind.  We planted some seeds at the Community Building garden first, after Allan cut back an ailing shrub hard.

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Allan’s photo, before, with salal in front.  

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after.  I can’t get in there, too much climbing, or I would have said “Ah, just cut it to the ground.”

boatyard garden

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looking south along the two block long garden, 11:49 AM

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boat coming in

We overheard some boat guys talking, while two sat and watched one work.  “How old is Steve?”  “Oh, he’s 60 or 61.”  “Still young then!”

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weeding like mad

As we were finishing the long section north of the gate, I saw a woman bent over at the far end.  I had been just about to sit in the van, eat my sandwich and rest my knee.  Allan went to see what she was doing and I followed as fast as I could hobble.  This middle aged woman, also hobbling, was digging up poppy plants and bulbs out of the boat yard garden and she also had flowering bulbs she had dug up out of the Howerton Avenue gardens around the corner! By the time I limped up, Allan had told her to replant the poppies.  I pointed to the flowers in her bag and she said “Those are mine.”  That was a complete crock because I knew they were the flowers of Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’, which is growing around the corner, mail ordered and planted by us. When she lied to my face I was simply speechless and let her walk away.

I so understand plant lust.  I also remember years of poverty in my 20s, and again one year of paying off medical bills in my late 40s, when my plant budget for the entire year was $20.00.  Yes, $20.00.  And did I go swiping plants out of public gardens?  I did NOT.  The worse things I ever did was take a cutting off of a rosemary plant growing in someone’s parking strip, when I was 25!  Sometimes I get the argument “But it’s a public garden!”  And how does that translate into stealing plants for one’s own PRIVATE garden?  I have a feeling this person is local and may be a continuing problem this year, as other individuals who have moved on have been plant thief problems in past years.

I volunteered a lot of time to create the boatyard garden years ago, before it became a paid job, and nowadays we volunteer our time and expenses at the post office garden.  Public gardens are not there as a supply source for people’s owns gardens, as most of us know.

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That is OUR Muscari and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in her bag, and a firework,  of all things!

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Allan googled the firework because he thought it was a shovel handle for more efficient plant thievery.

Ironically, she had been filching plants in the area right by this sign.

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I found more muscari bulbs dug up and ready to snitch in the area where her depredations had been interrupted, and that entire stretch of garden was pretty much denuded of small seedlings, so this may not have been her first foray into improving her garden.  I fear she will dig up not just poppies but something precious of which I may only have one.  I also wonder every year why, when I plant dozens of narcissi bulbs along here, I get so few flowers.  Hmmm.  Sometimes I feel sorry for people when they get busted by us, but not when they lie.

We continued weeding till we reached the south end.

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Nora J coming in

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looking south, after, 3:06 PM, as I began to plant sweet peas.

Our weeding job was pretty good but not perfect.  The big horsetail are sprouting up so it will need another go-over soon.  Last year, I planted a few sweet peas just as a lark when I had leftover seeds.  To my surprise, some did well, so I planted more this year, mostly Streamers mix.

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boatyard sweet peas last year

While Allan dumped debris, I sat at home for ten minutes.  My mission was to make some fertilizer mix for planting.  My knee had plagued me so much at the end of the boatyard stint that I had to use my scarf to drag it into the van, like an old dead thing, so Allan had to make the fertilizer mix when he returned.

Next, we replaced some of the old tatty Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in five of the planters, and counted how many more Erysimums we needed.

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“yellow hoop petticoat” narcissi in a planter.

We had time to drive north to plant sweet peas at the Anchorage, passing the Long Beach welcome sign on the way.

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welcome sign, front, with tulips just coming on

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both sides

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welcome sign, back

Flowers made me forget the Finger Blight incident until Allan brought it up later.

The Anchorage Cottages

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Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

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near the office

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Allan’s photo: He pruned the viburnum so it won’t hide the window box

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trilliums

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trilliums

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Fritillaria meleagris (Guinea Hen flower)

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Tulup sylvestris still going strong, and miniature narcissus

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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Tulip ‘Virichic’

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Tulip viridiflora, not sure which one!

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maybe older Virichic come back from last year?

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a fringed tulip from a few years back

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fringed tulip

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Tulip ‘Gavota’

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Tulip ‘Strong Gold’

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flowering currant

On the way back to Ilwaco, we paused at a planter so Allan could take a couple of photos for me.

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Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ spread into a large patch

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Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’

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The sign goes back to volunteer days.

The four planters I did as a volunteer almost 20 years ago caught the attention of then-city manager Nabiel Shawa (“Magnificent!” he said), who suggested we be hired as city gardeners.

Allan and I decided to have dinner out, again…and along Howerton Ave, I photographed my special Muscari that had been getting filched from earlier today.

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Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’

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If several passersby each decided to dig up a bulb, there’d be none left.  Fortunately, most don’t.

We soothed our nerves at

Salt Hotel Pub.

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Salt

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our view

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more view

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evening light, Saddle Mountain way across the Columbia River

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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delicious tuna melt

One fun thing about the Salt sandwiches is that you get three “halves”.

The work board is getting back to focusing on the beach approach.

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One of these days we have to get to the back corner of Coulter Park.

There are no entries from my mom’s old garden diaries to correspond with today.

The thought that tonight is the premiere of the new Deadliest Catch season kept me going through some painful moments today, and now it is time to watch!

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from a Deadliest Catch ad by Peter Jaworowski: makes our job look easy

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

We got up early (for us) in order to go to the high school and caucus for Bernie Sanders.  At this caucus for the democrats, Bernie was the most popular candidate by far, leading to a larger number of Bernie delegates being sent to the state convention.

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Outside the high school. We live in a fishing town.

If you wish to know  how it works, you can read more about the event here:

“PACIFIC COUNTY — During Saturday’s Democratic caucuses, Pacific County voters showed an overwhelming preference for Bernie Sanders, the Vermont democratic socialist who has galvanized young voters with his populist platform.

Just over 81 percent of the county’s caucus participants supported Sanders, and just under 19 percent supported Clinton — a 62 percent margin, according to the Washington State Democrats website. That means Pacific County will send 77 Sanders delegates, and 18 Clinton delegates to the next step in the process, the 19th Legislative District convention.”

I am pleased to live in such a progressive area.

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at the caucus

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Tiffany Turner of Adrift Hotel opens the proceedings.

Above: To the right in red is Karen Brownlee, the potter who organized the recent Empty Bowls event.

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Del Murry, Long Beach city councilman and, like me, a Ramones fan.

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My friend Annie and I picked different candidates but were getting along fine. (Allan’s photo)

I did not like it one little bit when the reporter from the local paper stuck her camera right up in our faces without asking.  Allan managed to take the above photo without my even knowing he was doing so.

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The counting of the paper ballots.  (Photo taken unobstrusively from the other end of the table!)

Our table adjourned into another building to hear some citizen speeches about why each of the two candidates was supported (Bernie, except for three speakers).

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speeches

I find it hard to stand for a long stretch of time because of knee pain and lightheadedness, so we left before the speeches ended, having already done the important part of making our choice.  And our minds were not going to be changed; that was the purpose of the speechifying (some of it most eloquent, especially when I was in agreement); at the end, attendees would be given the opportunity to change their choice.  Oh, how sad it makes me to not choose the female candidate.  It would be a wonder to see a liberal woman president in my lifetime.  As a feminist since age 12, it is disappointing, but I just find Ms. Clinton too hawkish and too much of the moneyed class.  I’ll vote for her if she wins the national nomination, which I do think she will because…money wins.  However, we live in hope.

On the way out of the parking lot, we drove by the two excellent flowers displays that someone has planted along School Road.

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Allan’s photo

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Depot Restaurant

We had a brief mission at the Depot: deadheading.

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Allan’s photo

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Long Beach

More deadheading ensued in Long Beach along with the planting of two of my birthday Asphodeline lutea ‘Italian Gold’.

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Allan was asked what these are: Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’, a naturalizing little tulip which has formed a good clump among the rugosa roses by the police station.

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Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

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Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

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Tulip acuminata

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I am smitten with these weird thin tulips.

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Tulip acuminata

 

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Tulip ‘Exotic Emperor’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

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Allan’s photo: The most boring planter for the rest of the year is in its brief moment of glory.

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Allan’s photo: our nemesis in a tulip

I see that Allan also noticed my new-this-year Tulip acuminata.

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Tulip acuminata (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip acuminata (Allan’s photo)

“The rare Fire Flame or Turkish Tulip dates back to at least the early 1800s. This rare heirloom has a wild form with uniquely narrow yellow flower petals edged and prominently tipped scarlet.”  (Van Engelen)  They are $2 apiece!

Basket Case Greenhouse

Last time we’d been to the Basket Case, I had been in too much leg pain to shop properly, so today we made up for it with another purchase and some more photos for the Basket Case Facebook page..

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greenhouse kitty (Allan’s photo)

I asked Allan to go to the way back yard to get a photo of skunk cabbage.

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Fred told him that a British man had asked if the nursery had them for sale, and said that in the UK, they are sold as “swamp lanterns”.  I was so pleased, as I was going to say again in the blog that I had read that they are called swamp lanterns in the UK.  I had been afraid to Google and find out it was not true, because I like the story so much.  Much joy that it is confirmed by Fred’s customer.

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Swamp Lanterns is such a good name.

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Allan’s photo: The hanging baskets, still young, will be completely covered with flowers later on.

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Fred and I discussed more possible plants to order.

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I got my birthday violas…forgot last time.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I had some seeds to plant (bachelor buttons and sweet peas), along with some gladiolus bulbs donated by our client Jo.

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at last some colour in the Golden Sands garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Deadheading narcissi, a bit of weeding, and planting of sweet peas took place at KBC, along with a discussion of knee replacement by friend and KBC manager Denny, who has had one knee done and may have the second about the same time that I have my first.  Denny is very happy with his new knee.  He said that the one thing I must NOT do is push the knee out sideways and “pop it out”.  I worried over this for quite some time while working, as this is how I work, and is how I have gardened for forty years.

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I think I am going to be in trouble.

My “bad” leg (right) is always straight and my good leg (left) bent.  If I forget to bend my knee now and then on the bad one, it locks straight and is hell to bend.  How am I going to relearn how to work in a way that does not push my leg sideways? I  pivot on that leg pretty much all workday long.  I have 7-10 months to try to figure out a solution to this.  It is making me rethink the whole thing a bit.  I wonder if I could get a brace to wear instead of a new knee.  (I am not kidding, nor am I making light of polio, which my former partner had as a child.)

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(Edited the next day to add:  My friend Sheila told me about knee braces that tennis players can wear after knee surgery.  I especially like the look of one like this:

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And another friend who has had both knees replaced tells me it is only until the knee gets strong again that you must worry about it going sideways.  So my concerns have been laid to rest.)

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People think my back must hurt but it is generally powerful and cooperative.

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clam cleaning shed patio (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo, clam shed patio

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clothes drying on the deck of one of the cottages (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Euphorbia (Allan’s photo)

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Callistemon (Allan’s photo)

The reminds me, why why why do I still not have an Embothrium in my collection?

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sword fern unfurling (Allan’s photo)

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in the fenced garden

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Erythronium (from my mom’s garden)

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gorgeous new foliage of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ (will get eight feet tall)

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buds on Peony ‘Molly the Witch’

Real name is mlokosewitschii.

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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’

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one of the little narcissi

I had wanted to deadhead and the Anchorage Cottages and then plant three plants in Long Beach on the way home.  A long rain storm passed over us all the way south so we just went straight to the…

Port of Ilwaco.

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looking west from the east end port garden (Allan’s photo)

Editorializing: Nearby, grass by the parking lot was Round-up-ed.  Does it look better this way or green?

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Now it does not have to be mowed or strimmed.  But…

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narcissi to deadhead (Allan’s photo)

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prowling for deadheads (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip turkestanica closed up for the evening (Allan’s photo)

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garden boat at Time Enough Books.  (Owner Karla named it, not me.)

I had picked some rosemary for Salt Hotel’s kitchen and, after delivering it and having a pleasant chat with Julez and Laila, we returned home, after making a spontaneous stop to pop three plants into one of the Ilwaco planters (Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, a variegated oregano and a golden thyme).

More knee thoughts:  From my seat in the van, upon leaving and arriving home, I see this cluster of grassy weeds on the edge of the garden.

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little weeds

I find it extremely difficult to believe that I am supposed to not pull these for THREE months after the operation.  I know the first month will hurt, but come on!  There is no way I am going to be able to resist pulling weeds like this, especially if I am not going to work.  Some long handled tools are in order; I am used to bending right down and grabbing out any weed I see.

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a grand bit of front garden

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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front garden

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Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’

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Erythronium (dogtooth violet)

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Fritillaria meleagris

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Tulip ‘Gavota’, three years old and getting smaller in flower

Guest photo:

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bouquet and photo by Todd Wiegardt for a memorial service

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 72):

March 26:  Don came to help chipping of pile behind garage but the chipper cord was stuck too tight to start machine.  I left message for Bill [her “handyman”] to see if he can get it going.

1998 (age 73):

March 26: 1:00-4:30  Cool—rainy and sunshine.  I started a big job today.  How come I like to work in my strawberries best?  I started cleaning the rows.  The first one was easy—mostly new plants from Gordons.  But by the time I started the second row, I realized most plants needed to be divided and it’s easier to dig all the plants and divide them at the work table so I tried that but got rained on.  I divided them in the greenhouse.  I hope to continue this work tomorrow but it will take several days.

 

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